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Sporty spice: the stylish look of Audi’s Q3 Sportback SUV/crossover is important to buyers

Sporty spice: the stylish look of Audi’s Q3 Sportback SUV/crossover is important to buyers

Sporty spice: the stylish look of Audi’s Q3 Sportback SUV/crossover is important to buyers

Driving the Copper Coast in Waterford in an orange crossover did more than teach me something about the region's innate beauty and history. I also learned a lot more about the car on test than I might normally have on a different, more straightforward route home.

I was at the wheel of the latest Audi Q3 Sportback SUV/crossover after traversing other parts of the county on two wheels. (I learned a lot about that too, especially how drivers can be exceptionally mannerly where open road briefly intersects with greenway - in this case Waterford's. If only that mentality carried over on to our Dublin roads and drivers - and I speak from experience. That's a discussion for another day, perhaps.)

So to the Q3 Sportback. As you may know, the Q3 is a small SUV that rivals the likes of the Mercedes GLA, Range Rover Evoque, BMW X1 and so on for people who like a lot of styling and a bit of life in their cars.